“And the Word was made flesh, and dwell among us,… full of grace and truth,” John 1:14.
God sent his Son into the world to rescue the people He had created. Jesus willingly took on the form of a man and came to earth.
There are some questions, like how He would do this; we will have to wait till we get to heaven to to find the answers. We do know: Jesus Christ, God the Son, laid aside just enough of His glory to come into the world to be the sacrifice for our sins.
He left heaven, subjected Himself to human limitations, was laughed at, rejected, and crucified by those He wanted to save. He came into the world to save His enemies. God became man so that we can be restored to the image of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. This tells us that Jesus was there before the beginning of time. Jesus was present and active when the world was created. God the Son was involved in the creative work which brought about the world and us. This same Jesus became a man and lived in the world He created.
The “Word” refers to all that Jesus said and did to redeem us and reveal the Father to us.
Jesus told His disciples, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” John 14:9. Jesus is a picture of God, Jesus is God’s living word. The Bible is God’s written word.
God sent a man whose name was John to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might be saved, John 14:6-7. This Light is the knowledge of truth. We come to the Light as God the Holy Spirit gives us the ability to understand the principles of God’s Word.
Jesus changes our hearts and our nature from sinful to righteous. He shows us how to live in righteousness even when we are surrounded by sinners.
“He came unto His own, and His own received Him not,” John 14:11. The Jews had been looking for the Messiah for centuries. Yet when they saw Him, they failed to believe.
Peter declared that even though their rejection of Jesus had been done in ignorance, they still needed to repent of their action, Acts 3:17.
There were others who believed. “But as many as received Him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name,” Acts 3:12. This power gives us the right and authority to become sons of God. We use our faith to believe and accept that we are sons of God. That is why Christians are often called believers.
I am now referring to the disciple John, the one who wrote the Book of John in the Bible. John and the other disciples had seen, walked and talked with God’s beloved Son, and had been on personal terms with Jesus. These simple fishermen had the spiritual insight to recognize and accept the long-awaited Messiah, while the educated men and religious leaders rejected Him.
We must recognize Him as who He is, then it must be reflected in our lifestyles.
Willie Lee Schmitz leads the Church of God in Derma.